Some fans burn Kaepernick jerseys

AP

From time to time, fans become sufficiently upset with a player to burn his jersey. Usually, it happens when the player exercises his right to leave his team via free agency.

49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick exercised a different right on Friday night, and predictably some fans are reacting by setting his No. 7 jersey aflame.

The Daily Mail has a collection of the reactions from fans who have exercised their right to express disagreement with Kaepernick’s right to express disagreement with policies of the United States that he believes discriminate against African-Americans and people of color. Both sides have that right; the First Amendment allows Kaepernick to sit for the national anthem and to criticize the nation, and it allows others to criticize him for it, or to react however they want as long as their reaction violates no laws.

That’s the fundamental reality of a free society. If Kaepernick, knowing the business risk of taking a stand by sitting during the anthem, chooses to not participate — and chooses to explain that he refuses to show pride in the flag of a nation that oppresses a segment of his people, he’s doing nothing wrong. Others may think he’s wrong, but it’s still his right.

Beyond the right of fans to criticize him, businesses will have the right to no longer associate with him. The 49ers have been careful to say all the right things about Kaepernick, which could allow them to argue that any upcoming decision to cut or bench Kaepernick arises only from football reasons (even if it doesn’t). Still, the 49ers most likely would be violating no employment laws by declining to continue to employ Kaepernick for taking an unpopular position, and other teams would likely have the same ability to shun him.

Here’s the reality: If he’s perceived to be a good enough player, teams will find a way to make it work, regardless of how the fans may react. While Kaepernick is surely good enough to be one of the top two quarterbacks on a given NFL team, he’ll likely need to be better than good to persuade a team to embrace a player in an industry premised on persuading members of the public to part with their money and their time.

130 responses to “Some fans burn Kaepernick jerseys

  1. All 4 of the verses of the National Anthem aren’t even performed at games, yet it’s sooooo important. That’s right the song is sooo long we cut it down by 3 verses every time it’s performed. I bet most people on here didn’t even know the National Anthem had 4 verses, not just 1.

  2. Colin sure doesn’t seem to have a problem accepting his salary with a bunch of old white slave owners on it….. He needs to do the right thing and give away all his money, to be cleanse of that oppression.

  3. Creating controversy as an America hater by being a pretend social activist just so the team will get rid of you is pretty dangerous and selfish.

  4. Stop it! Grow up! He has a right to say stupid remarks. If you all feel so strongly about God and Country join the military. Offer your time at a VA hospital. Burning brings nothing but ash.

  5. People need to chill out he isnt the first, he wont be the last and he did it the week before. I am a Veteran and i also am a civilian Federal Government worker. I have no problem with what he did( i would not do that) no matter is reasoning, that is his right here in america. His money and past vets serving have nothing to do with his personal stance. He exercised his right of freedom of speech, but how he has to face other people’s right of freedom of speech in repercussions. He should not be forced to do something he doesnt believe in. I feel the same way about bible thumpers. As long as nobody ever disrupts the National Anthem while its playing (which he did not) this veteran has moved on.

  6. Also, as you guys know i’ve probably been the biggest kap fan out there, i want to burn his jersey only for his play. #nobodyhasitbetter

  7. Say what you will 9er fans – You all were loving him when he took your team to the Super Bowl a few years ago.

  8. Burning a jersey because a player did something you disagree with.

    These people are absolute embarrassments to themselves and to your country.

  9. During the off-season Colin Kaepernick converted to Islam, and joined BLM. His career is toast like the burnt jerseys.

  10. I still say Kaepernicknhas left the building and fully intends to sit back and do everything he has the right to do to embarrass SF. Or. He feels he has made enough and know he is going to get paid good money to carry a clipboard. Either way, he is out of there in his mind.

  11. imaduffer says:
    Aug 28, 2016 2:55 PM
    Apparently, some people have a problem with the First Amendment.

    And if you don’t think he can be criticized…you do also.

  12. People used to harass and ridicule Viet Nam War protestors with the same sort of reaction.

    Love it or leave it was one of many slogans by those who supported the war that they threw at protestors.

    Years later when it came out through former Defense Secretary McNamara’s statements that they government knew right from the start the war would be lost they were vindicated.

    We live in a great country but those who blindly wave the flag and act like many bad acts haven’t been done in its name are both naive and foolish.

  13. I have been to sporting events where some stand for the anthem and some don’t, some put their hands over their hearts and some don’t, if a person is walking up/down the aisle some stop and some don’t. During the Olympics a gymnast caught flak for not covering her heart when I see people just stand all the time and nothing is said.

    I see no issue if Cap doesn’t want to stand during the anthem, his prerogative….. and I served in the military…..

  14. His bonus is a sunk cost and his salary minimal for 2016. It makes little sense, from a competitive standpoint, to let another team have him (which is what he wants).

    Ultimately, he’s confusing oppression with accountability. Based upon performance he’s the 2nd best QB on his team, but feels entitled to more. All he’s done at this point is throw a child-like tantrum in response.

  15. I’m not a 49ers fan, but I can guarantee that if my team signed that SOB, I’d be forever done with the NFL. I can tolerate a lot of things, but disrespect and/or unfaithfulness to your religion, family, or country aren’t one.

  16. There are other ways to protest how you feel. This isn’t the way to do it. People of all races and religions died protecting us. what has happened to this guy? Look at his face 4 years ago and look at him today.

  17. He certainly has the right to criticize that our country is racist and it probably won’t change until we have an African American president and a justice department led by African-Americans.

  18. It’s his right to do so, doesn’t mean people have to agree with it.

    Poor judgement, especially at this stage of his career. Last thing you want is to have media attention for the wrong reasons. For a guy with a reportedly high IQ, never really seen it on the field or off it.

  19. He’s employed by a company that relies heavily on pr for their income. He is part of a team that is part of a league. He loses his right to have controversial opinions as soon as he walks in the locker room and puts on that Jersey. The league won’t do it because the old white guys arte scared to death of blm but he needs to be sanctioned and suspended.

  20. imaduffer said:
    Aug 28, 2016 2:55 PM
    Apparently, some people have a problem with the First Amendment.

    ——————————-

    Apparently, some people don’t understand it. It doesn’t protect you from criticism when others invoke their First Amendment rights to freely express their opinion about your opinion.

  21. The same fans that don’t bother getting up when the national anthem is being played. Talk about hypocrites. Colin has to get up, but we don’t. With us it’s different of course. We’re allowed to sit and drink beer, cuss around while the anthem is being played.

  22. If you believe in something so strongly, go speak about it, often. Don’t disrespect the millions who have given service to this nation over 200 years and tens of thousands who died to allow you to play football and get rich under their protection. Pathetic and inexcusable.

  23. He has a right to protest, and I have a “right” to never watch 49ers games, never buy 49ers gear, never attend a 49ers game, or since this is a protest made by an individual, I can never have anything to do with this United States-hating twerp.

    IMO, he is equivalent to one of those crazy moonbat liberals who think that the U.S. still oppresses blacks. Do you know who keeps blacks down? Black race pimps and white liberals.

  24. Kap’s next move needs to be to give up a large portion of his 61 million dollar contract to help fight his cause. Put your money where your mouth is Kap!!!

  25. “some people have a problem with the First Amendment.”

    You’re the very first one I’ve seen who has indicated any lack of understanding of the First Amendment. Everyone else has just exercised their own rights in response to his exercising of his. I’ve not yet seen anyone other than you suggest that the First Amendment requires that no one criticize him, regardless of what he says.

  26. Everyone that is aware of the situation has an opinion about it. It’s either I agree with him, I disagree with him or I don’t care. Some that disagree decided to burn his jersey. They are entitled to. And they pay the consequences for that action ie they destroyed a $120 item that they owned (or $25 if it was an NFL knockoff).
    Kaepernick,on the other hand, is putting at risk, a very desirable livelihood that he possesses. He is entitled to do that. And personally, I would be fine with his sponsors and team acting upon his decision by deciding they can’t be financially associated with the decision that Kaepernick made. Those are the freedoms we enjoy. Let him support whatever he wants that is legal. And at the same time, let him pay the price of that support.

  27. There really is no reason for the national anthem to be played before *every* sporting event. Doing so dilutes the impact of the anthem and results in too many opportunities for people to hijack it for political purposes. Remember the Major League All-Star game this year?

  28. Yeah, because burning his jersey is going to make it all better. You “punishing” him by burning his jersey is achieving what, exactly?

    Kaepernick has every right to stand or not stand. You also have every right to burn or not burn his jersey. The fact that you have his jersey in the first place means you liked him enough to wear his #. Wasting your $ by burning his jersey is ridiculous, but hey, like Kaepernick, it is your choice.

  29. This whole thing doesn’t feel very authentic.

    I would bet ol’ Kap just binge-watched “Roots”, over the summer. A name change may be coming in the near future.

  30. I support Kap. Too much corruption in government and law enforcement, particularly against poc. All you have to do is open your eyes. It’s everywhere. Good for him taking a stand.

  31. Kaepernick grew up with a white family in a suburban area enjoying the privileges many have. Which were made possible by the people he’s spitting on.
    The guy is a poser clown.
    He should go hang out in Detroit, Chicago or South LA for awhile. Maybe spread some money around to those who are oppressed.
    See if he can find some of those bodies in the street he’s so fond of. And if he can defend how they got there.
    Clown. No respect at all for him.

  32. Liberals are so tolerant and respective of other liberal views.
    If he had spoken out anti-abortion or anti-gay rights would you still be claiming first amendment rights?
    Yeah, I didn’t think so.

  33. I was unaware that the USA currently oppresses anyone. Maybe Kap should make us more aware of the current oppressive legislation that makes him prideless.

  34. Sometimes the simplest explaination is the way to….
    K is doing this to get cut. Out of nowhere he decides to make a political statement? I think not.

    If he alienates teammates, coaches, and management enough they’ll find him an exit door somewhere. He botched his own trade demand and he knows he’s going to be riding pine for the forseeable future in SF. The Niners probably won’t find a trade partner because they’ll ask for too much, but if he makes himself such a distraction they don’t care about a trade; then they’ll cut him and probably live with paying him whatever they’re required just to end the drama.

    Then they can get back to the work of watching Chip steer the ship; pedal to the medal into any and every ice-burg he comes accross.

    What a circus.

  35. @timegambit said:

    “I would bet ol’ Kap just binge-watched “Roots”, over the summer. A name change may be coming in the near future.”

    ——-

    I think it’s just the result of the kind of superficial analysis that is endemic to the Twitter generation, who try to solve every problem, no matter how complex, with 140 characters and a catchy hash tag. Sad.

  36. “IMO, he is equivalent to one of those crazy moonbat liberals who think that the U.S. still oppresses blacks. Do you know who keeps blacks down? Black race pimps and white liberals.”

    ——-

    Sports chatboards aren’t noted for much intelligent life, especially this one, but even with that caveat, that might be the most brain-dead statement ever made on one.

  37. “Liberals are so tolerant and respective of other liberal views.
    If he had spoken out anti-abortion or anti-gay rights would you still be claiming first amendment rights?
    Yeah, I didn’t think so.”

    ——-

    So by your logic, if I am not tolerant of someone’s desire to enslave people, I’m the idiot, right? You really don’t understand the point at all, in any way.

  38. if brady had spoken the very same words,the truth would be the same,the reaction completely different, this country is racist to its very core, I’m white

  39. Veterans seem to find Colin’s act of “protest”as unamerican. This is rather interesting considering that many Veterans willfuly participated in Vietnam, Camboadia, South America, and Iraq, rather than “protesting” what many view as unjustified invasions and war crimes. Many who did protest were called unamerican, communist, traitors, and terrorist sympathizers. The US. Military has also facilitated a culture of dismissing numerous claims by women in the military of sexual assault and harassment. These women were diagnosed some “mental disorder” and honorably discharged (silenced). Many of these veterans continue this culture of dismissal that exist today through their antagonism toward those who do not share their idea of patriotism. Most veterans have been antagonistic to any form of protests usually, people of color, women, sexual assault victims, war victims and veterans who do protest. You are the last people I feel should judge anyone on the concept of protest.

  40. The guy that used a Flood as a springboard for talking trash, is going to try and say how worried he is about people?

    I get it, I can’t even watch the news, its so disappointing. There are other ways to make a statement, donate to foundations, start a foundation in the city he was born, which was effected by some of the things going on.

  41. Letting Alex Smith go and keeping Colon cost them a Super Bowl, cost Harbaugh a job and cost the 49ers 12 million for a guy to sit the bench during the anthem AND the game.

  42. The credibility of Mr K’s outrage falls three cents short on the dollar .
    When placed on the scale that finds the sales pitch a little shrill , and for the number of herrings that are as red , as some nouveau millionaires are tone deaf to where all the money goes , it is of little surprise .
    Perhaps contrast as public figure , where the immersion of body and soul in perfecting his craft is the test for Mr K . Those well known moments of self admiration do seem to have failed in evolving from one dimensional displays of self love into anything else .
    If in allowing a graceful minimal commitment , such as the private personal drive necessary in expanding his expertise as a Quarterback , for an instance , as he is already receiving some millions of dollars per annum , is it so much to ask that as bright and burning questions of civic , ethnic , national , and last , but not least , racial pride , be involved with , or be seen to be involved with , some sort cross commitment , perhaps to a job or some identifiable ideal , aside from physical pleasure or cosmetic surgery , before it just becomes another nattering form of correctness , or a means to shame his fellow club members ?

  43. I think a one-way ticket to Syria would be perfect for him! Then, he would figure out what real oppression truly can be…smh.. I bet he would not make millions to play a game!

  44. steelchampions says:
    Aug 28, 2016 3:39 PM
    Sometimes the simplest explaination is the way to….
    K is doing this to get cut. Out of nowhere he decides to make a political statement? I think not.

    ______________________________________

    He’s doing it to get cut? I thought his play was already in the process of accomplishing that.

    The guy isn’t bright, must’ve wanted to get cut when he #7storm a picture of the floods. He botched his own way out of SF if thats what he truly wanted, he simply doesn’t get it. And when he does get cut, whos going to want a QB scrutinized both on and off the field?

  45. However it appears the majority of those fans hadn’t heard about his refusal to stand up for the national anthem.

  46. Much respect for Kaepernick. Seeing a lot of frightened bigots over the last few days. News flash bigots: folks in the U.S. now have quick access to information about the costs of U.S. imperialism – it’s much, much easier now to debunk propaganda supporting the idea of U.S. exceptionalism. Your days of holding the floor in this country are on the decline. Thankfully…

  47. If he’s that concerned he should put his money where his mouth is and give all of his earnings to his cause and try to make some real change. All sitting during the anthem is doing is disrespecting everyone who gave defending that flag, which include many, many men and women of color. His attempt at being socially conscious is just coming off misguided and downright ignorant.

  48. The 1st amendment only protects you from government reaction to your expression. Individuals and companies can react any way they legally want.

  49. Many gave the ultimate sacrifice for America so that you are allowed to freely express your idiotic opinion without getting your tongue cut off..That is what the anthem and flag stand for..freedom.So for someone to not stand, you are essentially not supporting those freedoms..No country is perfect, but you’d be hard pressed to find a better country. Anyways Gabbert is 3x better than you..check the game tape..

  50. Odd that he has never been involved in any inner its programs that deal with youth violence . Odd that his charitable foundation isn’t involved in the Bay Area . But then he’s always been an odd dude that his teammates dislike

  51. We have a presidential candidate whose slogan is “Make America Great Again” but then we are shocked when someone like Kaepernick thinks America is not great.

  52. “I’m gonna set a jersey that I paid lot of my own money for on fire!” Yep, that’ll show that NFL player whose opinion differs from yours what’s what!

  53. Has anyone got his opinion on the two nuns who were slaughtered? How about the 24 and counting shootings in South Chicago? Are those Americas fault?

  54. I think Kaepernick is just another failure from San Francisco, who to cover up his own inadequacies, brings some loud and boisterous issue to the front to distract the public from his incompetence.

  55. I don’t want to live in a country where you are forced to stand for the National Anthem. btw, this Packer fan doesn’t like him but it has nothing to do with him not standing for the National Anthem.

  56. The kid can say what he wants, but I am also free to criticize and disagree with what he says. I’ve never felt the need to plunk down a pile of money to buy a jersey from the NFL, but if I had I would certainly feel free to burn a it. He’s stepped into a large pile of dog doo on his way down and it has splattered all over him.

  57. If no one can recognize the freedom of not standing for the flag then they need to move to N. Korea where they will be more comfortable since everyone there is forced to stand for the flag. Or even pics of their dear leader.

  58. The hell with this guy! He is just trying to use an excuse to be disrespectful. The flag and anthem represent the whole country not just a few oppressors. This same country has provided an avenue for Kapernick to make millions of dollars to throw a football. It’s very obtuse to only take one aspect of this country to use as an excuse to not respect a symbol of your own country. Yes he has a first amendment right to say what he wants…but that’s a two sided coin…others have the right to express their disgust with this disrespectful and ungreatful brat. Hopefully he gets cut and doesn’t get picked up and then he won’t have to sit through the anthem anymore. By the way, what Kapernick did is true disrespect for the anthem…not what that gymnast did at the olympics…intent is the key issue.

  59. longtimefanh8tr says:
    Aug 28, 2016 5:18 PM

    I don’t want to live in a country where you are forced to stand for the National Anthem. btw, this Packer fan doesn’t like him but it has nothing to do with him not standing for the National Anthem.
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    Agreed.

    However the announcers always make it sound more like a demand and an order than a request or if you have a choice.

    I of course always choose to sit. I will stand when this country under it’s flag will start to respect other countries and stop invading them and will also show respect for those who really discovered America first. The Native Americans.

  60. (1) as a vet Kap can do what he wants to. It’s a right I helped protect though I disagree with his means.

    (2) his actions will yield literally nothing except a busy news feed.

    (3) his actions would have seemed more significant if he weren’t at the brink of being a deactivated 3rd string QB for the remainder of the season.

    (4) KAP is in the midst of a painful and now very public identity crisis. The man has never known his black father nor sought to know his white mother who gave him up for adoption. And, now, he’s clinging for any kind of identity he only knows brought on by an internal rage —–and his “oppression of black people” while be adopted by a white family seems hollow and feeble.

  61. It’s not just about him. He represents a product, the NFL. People will not stand for obvious disrespect. He needs to stay in the locker room until after the anthem or the fans will let the NFL know in other ways that they won’t support a product that craps all over their beliefs and values.

  62. Burning jerseys doesn’t suggest that he doesn’t have a right to sit during the anthem; it says people don’t feel good about that position. Frankly, I think it is the act of a person who feels he has to draw attention to himself because his abilities really haven’t. If this is what he needs to do to get attention, then it does state there is a lack of maturity there.

  63. dryzzt23 says:
    Aug 28, 2016 3:21 PM
    He has a right to protest, and I have a “right” to never watch 49ers games, never buy 49ers gear, never attend a 49ers game, or since this is a protest made by an individual, I can never have anything to do with this United States-hating twerp.

    IMO, he is equivalent to one of those crazy moonbat liberals who think that the U.S. still oppresses blacks. Do you know who keeps blacks down? Black race pimps and white liberals.
    ______________________
    Yup, and when you become the minorityin a few years you will be the 1st one in line who runs to the Government asking for help

  64. “During the off-season Colin Kaepernick converted to Islam, and joined BLM. His career is toast like the burnt jerseys”

    Isis has probably sent him an application to join their hate America club. he should join as he will get to fight even harder for his beliefs against America. what a scumbag.

  65. “While Kaepernick is surely good enough to be one of the top two quarterbacks on a given NFL team,”

    Stopped listening to anything you say about analyzing football when I read that.

  66. If you believe in something so strongly, go speak about it, often. Don’t disrespect the millions who have given service to this nation over 200 years and tens of thousands who died to allow you to play football and get rich under their protection. Pathetic and inexcusable.
    —————————
    So when blacks were being water hosed and beaten over the head in the Jim Crow south they should have stood for the anthem anyway?

    White people just refuse to admit that there is still racism in this country.

  67. He will leave work and drive home to a 2+million dollar house, in a exclusive neighborhood where the avg house costs 1+million dollars, in a majority white community.

    Life is good.

  68. The cause of freedom is not the cause of a race, or a sect, a party, or a class it is the cause of humankind the very Birthright of humanity.

    Cooper

    3rd Verse folks….
    “No refuge can save the hireling and slave
    From the terror of flight or gloom of the grave…”
    Let’s everyone sing the whole thing if we’re gonna sing it. And if we’re gonna sing it, then we must mean it, right? So what do those words mean?

  69. You may not agree with what Kap did, but he has the RIGHT to do what he did. That’s the essence of America. Freedom to disagree. If you don’t get that, then you don’t get what America is about and out Constitution.

  70. It’s his right. Let’s hope he puts $ behind his words. Otherwise he is just part of the problem. Personally I think he is a phony. We’ll see if he has anything other than words to contribute. Like the Caytlin of BLM.

  71. please contact me if you have an XL or XXL Kap jersey! I’ll take it off your hands, and wear it.

    I served 21 years in the Army, 4 combat tours, and if you ask most who served they’ll say the same thing.

    Although I don’t agree with what Kap did, the reason we served is to protect his right to what he did. People are to easy to forget about Freedom of Speech. Go overseas, talk to some Iraqis, or people of Afghanistan and ask them what happened to them if they exercised their “Lack” of right to freedom of speech.

  72. Freedom has always been messy. It’s annoying to have folks use their freedom to disagree with me … but that is why it eventually works for the best …. by at least considering other ways to look at things. then having the freedom to choose.

    America has never been the views of only one person. America has made mistakes and will make more. But have you noticed how desperately people from all over the world are trying to get here?

    There are a whole lot of countries where he couldn’t have said what he thinks. But folks must remember that it is that same freedom which allows others to criticize his position.

    Live Long & Prosper in the USA

  73. Oh God, here come all the Fan Boy Archie Bunkers who couldn’t spell George Washington if you spotted them the G and W. One of the freedoms that make our country great is the First Amendment. And quite frankly, no matter how unpopular the message, I support the right of the voice saying it. For those of you disagreeing with this first tenent of the Bill of Rights, maybe it is you who should leave??

  74. Why don’t you use your brains those saying it’s his right! People in our country are influenced easily, what good comes from this idiots actions?

  75. He got his money. He’ll be waived because he just is lost on the football field. He might make his actions as a reason he was cut, but how come he’s waiting till the final roster moves are soon being made to make this statement?
    I believe if he was tearing it up on the field, his social conscience would have not kicked it at this time and he would have been standing for the National Anthem.
    I welcome you thoughts.

  76. Nothing worse in America than a bunch of flag waving critics who’ve never served anyone but themselves! Where were you during Vietnam, or Cheney’s war for profit scheme initiated on a lie? Bunch of ill informed idiots…is there little wonder the only choices America has for president are HC and the lying billionaire. Common sense isn’t common.

    Give ’em *ell Kaep! It’s your right to say nearly anything except to yell fire in a non burning theater

  77. Tooloftools, you’re right.
    It’s a play. If he was a worthy quarterback he’d be silent.
    He doesn’t know or care anything about these “social” issues. He’s just making a play to either get waived or to save face when he is waived. And not signed.
    You’ve seen the last of him on a playing field in the NFL.
    Watch. He’s shot himself in the foot. And it will be due to racism, as far as he’s concerned.
    We’ve all seen this before, under different headlines.

  78. Unfortunately he was wearing one of them! LoL
    The fans wa t to send a message, boycott the next game if at home or the next game at home. Nothing changes mgmt minds like loss of the almighty buck.

  79. Nothing brings out the knuckle dragging mouth breathers faster than an afront to the old stars and stripes.

    These last two days have stunned me as to how many fascists we have in this country. If you’re in love with what this country stands for than you should be willing to put your life on the line for Kap is doing. Just because he’s not being personally discriminated or oppressed doesn’t mean minorities aren’t or that it’s not a real problem.

    These conservative opinions reek of white privilege and that’s the other things these Neanderthals display, a gross amount of ignorance equating liberalism (and or Hillary Clinton) with treachery. Are you serious? Maybe it’s YOU who should move to China, Russia or North Korea as your idolized view of a flag is on par with what those governments advocate.

    There is nothing holy or sacred about the American flag. Servicemen and women didn’t die for it or to do defend us, if they believe that then they’ve been duped. Our military is just a huge jobs program for the non-wealthy and poor, whose purpose is to fulfil our economic and political agenda. You people are dumber than a bag of hammers.

  80. Oh, by the way…GW was the 8th person to lead our nation. There were SEVEN men that each served a ONE year term. These men were APPOINTED. They served under the Articles of Confederatation. THE FIRST OF THESE MEN WAS A BLACK MAN (MOOR) NAMED JOHN HANSEN. He’s on the back of the TWO DOLLAR BILL! SEATED AT THE TABLE…..

  81. Bouncer Criss says:
    Aug 28, 2016 6:36 PM

    please contact me if you have an XL or XXL Kap jersey! I’ll take it off your hands, and wear it.

    I served 21 years in the Army, 4 combat tours, and if you ask most who served they’ll say the same thing.

    Although I don’t agree with what Kap did, the reason we served is to protect his right to what he did. People are to easy to forget about Freedom of Speech. Go overseas, talk to some Iraqis, or people of Afghanistan and ask them what happened to them if they exercised their “Lack” of right to freedom of speech.

    —-

    So you’d also agree that people are free to criticize his actions, correct? Because that’s all that is happening here.

    Nobody is calling for a court martial, or his hands to be cut off. Nobody is saying he should be tried in front of a government tribunal. They are saying he’s an idiot, and rightfully so.

  82. bigbroncomama says:
    Aug 28, 2016 6:47 PM

    Oh God, here come all the Fan Boy Archie Bunkers who couldn’t spell George Washington if you spotted them the G and W. One of the freedoms that make our country great is the First Amendment. And quite frankly, no matter how unpopular the message, I support the right of the voice saying it. For those of you disagreeing with this first tenent of the Bill of Rights, maybe it is you who should leave??
    ——–

    For someone so brilliant, you may want to delve into what exactly the first amendment actually protects it’s citizens from.

  83. immafubared says:
    Aug 28, 2016 7:00 PM
    Unfortunately he was wearing one of them! LoL
    The fans wa t to send a message, boycott the next game if at home or the next game at home. Nothing changes mgmt minds like loss of the almighty buck.
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    Newsflash:

    9’er fans boycott 9’er games anyway. Mgm’t moved the stadium from it’s loyal fanbase 40 plus miles to the south. Now the team is for the wealthy silicon valley types, and who else can afford season tickets! And guess what, the 9’er’s published a handbook to teach these new stadium attendees how to cheer. No joke. Sad state of affairs for the 9’er faithful. The days of a once great organization is long gone. Seattle fans miss the rivalry I’m sure, as Arizona isn’t cutting it, and St. Louis, whose rich owner moved their team to LA can’t beat anyone occasionally besides Seattle.

  84. Kap has every right to say and do as he wants……just as people have every right to react to Kap’s deeds as they see fit. But if Kap (or our main stream media) really wants to protest black deaths, why do they not cover the constant black-on-black killings that take place on a daily basis in this country? Look how many killings have taken place in Chicago alone this year?

  85. GW was the first potus. The executive branch was created in 1789. Hansen was elected as leader of the continental congress similar to the position of prime minister in England for one term. Not sure why you had to mention he was a black man other than to incite and divide.

  86. These “knuckle dragging mouth breathers” you refer to are the reason you can hang out at the coffee shop and complain, lazy hipster nitwit.
    Get a job. Make the money your parents spent on your degree worth something.
    Driving for Uber isn’t a real career.
    And lose that stupid knit rainbow beanie. It looks idiotic.

  87. Here’s how little American’s know about their own history

    Regarding the so called “national anthem” there is a 3rd verse…most aren’t aware there are 4 verses:

    “Historian Robin Blackburn writes that these lyrics, from verse three of the four-verse anthem, were an expression of settler pride after having won a major turf war with the British at New Orleans. Written by a slave owner, staunch anti-abolitionist activist, and co-founder of the “American Colonization Society” (as was the entire song), they offer a ghoulish warning to slaves who were fighting for the British in exchange for freedom, reminding unwilling laborers that escape, or “flight’, from settler-servitude would be terrifying, as they would be hunted (which they were), and that, since the anti-abolitionist settlers were gaining the upper hand, trying to achieve freedom would lead only to “the grave”.”

    So much for America for all. America has ALWAYS been, and always will be about racism and dominance over people of color. It began with taking the land from Indians, and denying the rights of non whites the same privilege as whites. That’s the 4 century old plight Kaep is talking about. If you’re not a person of color you’re clueless about the plight of those that are.

    And the person who criticized Kaep, because he was an orphan raised in a white family, displays how clueless some are…for Kaep is seen as a black man…period. You think when stopped by cops the cop is asking him, “did a white family raise you?” Get a clue. If you’re even half black in america, you’re all black in the eyes of america…duh.

  88. Burn that expensive jersey you bought because you are stupid. Then go buy another one. NFL.com. Thanks.
    The Commish

  89. doggeatdogg says:
    Aug 28, 2016 5:45 PM
    It’s not just about him. He represents a product, the NFL. People will not stand for obvious disrespect. He needs to stay in the locker room until after the anthem or the fans will let the NFL know in other ways that they won’t support a product that craps all over their beliefs and values.
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    so you believe Kaep shouldn’t be part of the team flag waving moment. Interesting.

    Since you’re obviously high on “disrespect” how’s about “respecting” the right to “free speech” and not discriminating against a player whose right it is to express his views if he so wishes.

    Learn what “respect” means before lecturing others, otherwise you’ve done nothing but out yourself as an ignoramus.

  90. I respect the National Anthem enormously, as I value the freedoms and aspirations it enumerates. My father also served in the military twice, and my love and appreciation for this country is deep.

    I do not, however, believe that sporting venues are a place where the National Anthem is necessary. I think it trivializes the Anthem to play it at sporting events. I was at a Nationals game recently, and I felt uncomfortable at the scripted Salute to Service they do honoring the military. While you’re at it, get rid of the Padres fatigures, which use fashion inappropriately, in my view.

    Let’s put the National Anthem back in its proper context–which should not include baseball games.

  91. I support Krapernick’s right to express his feelings.

    I also hope that everyone with integrity will level a huge crap storm upon this jerk. His right does not mask the fact that others have such a right to point out what a jerk he is and to express their opinions.

    Krapernick believes in black lives matter.

    Krapernick was raised by a white couple.

    Where was his black father?

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